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"Ashes to Ashes" is a 1980 song by English musician David Bowie. It was released as a single from his fourteenth studio album, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), on 8 August 1980.

Lyrics

Do you remember a guy that's been
In such an early song?
I've heard a rumour from Ground Control
Oh no, don't say it's true
They got a message from the action man:
"I'm happy, hope you're happy, too
I've loved all I've needed love
Sordid details following"
The shrieking of nothing is killing just
Pictures of Jap girls in synthesis and I
Ain't got no money and I ain't got no hair
But I'm hoping to kick but this planet is glowing, glowing, glowing, glowing, glowing...
Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in Heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low
Time and again, I tell myself
I'll stay clean tonight
But the little green wheels are following me
Oh no, not again
I'm stuck with a valuable friend
I'm happy, hope you're happy, too
One flash of light but no smoking pistol
I've never done good things
I've never done bad things
I never did anything out of the blue, woh-o-oh
Want an axe to break the ice
Wanna come down right now
Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in Heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low
My mother said, "To get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom"
My mother said, "To get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom"
My mother said, "To get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom"
My mother said, "To get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom"
My mother said...

Development

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Personnel

  • David Bowie — Vocals, keyboards
  • Chuck Hammer — Roland GR-500 guitar synthesizer, Eventide harmonizer, multiple analogue tape delays
  • Carlos Alomar — Guitar
  • Andy Clark — Synthesizer
  • Roy Bittan — Piano
  • George Murray — Bass
  • Dennis Davis — Drums

In popular culture

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External Links

Navigation

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (ve)
"It's No Game (Part 1)" • "Up the Hill Backwards" • "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" • "Ashes to Ashes" • "Fashion" • "Teenage Wildlife" • "Scream Like a Baby" • "Kingdom Come" • "Because You're Young" • "It's No Game (Part 2)"

1992 reissue bonus tracks: "Space Oddity" • "Panic in Detroit" • "Crystal Japan" • "Alabama Song"